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Published July 22, 2010, 09:51 AM

Farm owners object to losing land for rest stops

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmland owners in central Iowa are objecting to the idea of losing land for a pair of proposed rest areas on Highway 35.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmland owners in central Iowa are objecting to the idea of losing land for a pair of proposed rest areas on Highway 35.

The Department of Transportation is seeking to replace two Ankeny rest stops that will be torn down in 2012 to make room for an interchange. The agency is looking at several sites between Elkhart and Ames.

Roughly 50 people attended a public forum Tuesday night. Most say they don’t want state officials taking their land.

Officials have spent years debating alternatives to replace the Ankeny rest areas, which serve 500,000 to 600,000 motorists annually.

The two proposed rest areas would cost an estimated $14 million.

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